DIY Cork Sailboats

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Square feature image of two DIY Cork Sail Boats with patriotic sails.

Make these super easy DIY cork sailboats to add to your summer beach decor. I used red, white, and blue and added them to a Patriotic Basket that I made for the 4th of July.

This is a fun craft and great for adults and teens. I used cotton fabric and red and blue bakers twine I had in my craft bin. The blue ribbon came from the dollar store.

Feel free to use any ribbon and scrap fabric you have on hand and add nautical touches with buttons or paint the cork base!

Supplies

Supplies used to make cork sailboats, scrap fabric, ribbon, baker's twine, corks, sticks and a hot glue gun.
Supplies used in the DIY
  • 7 corks
  • String or baker twine
  • Cotton scrap fabric for the sail
  • 2 sticks for the sail (I used a tree branch roughly 8″ long)
  • Scissors
  • A ruler or straight-edge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon or decorations (optional)

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How to Make a DIY Cork Sailboat – 4 Easy Steps

STEP 1: Hot Glue Corks together

Make the base of the sailboat by hot-gluing two sets of three corks together along the sides.

Photo showing how to glue wine corks together in two sets of three to make the base of our DIY Cork Sailboat.
Hot glue two sets of corks together.

Then hot glue all seven corks together and wrap them with decorative string or twine and set aside.

Photo showing seven corks glued together to make the base of our cork sailboat. Colorful red and blue bakers twine tied around the center for decoration.
Hot glue all corks together. Wrap with decorative string or twine.

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STEP 2: Glue Sticks for The Sail

Hot glue the two sticks together that will be used to support the sail. Wrap them with string or twine for extra support as shown below.

Photo of two sticks from the yard that are about 8 inches long glued together in a 't' shape to make a base for the sails for a DIY cork sailboat.
Hot glue and tie two sticks together.

STEP 3: Make a Fabric Sail

Lay the support sticks for the sail onto the fabric to use as a template. Use a straight edge or ruler and make a line from the top of your stick (top of the sail) to the corner and cut out your sails with fabric scissors.

Photo of drawing a sail onto cotton fabric by drawing a line from corner to corner and tracing sail shapes using the stick as a guide.
Trace a left and right sail onto the fabric.

Your fabric should look like this, two 90-degree triangles.

Photo of two sails in the shape of 90 degree triangles cut out.
Fabric for the sails

STEP 4: Assemble

Hot glue your stick to the cork base first, then add the fabric sail.

Glue the fabric to the bottom stick but just tack it at the top so it looks open at the center. Decorate with a colorful sting at the top or add a tiny flag or ribbon.

Photo showing the stick glue to the center of a cork base boat and beginning to hot glue one of the fabric sails on.

Here’s a photo of my finished sailboats in a Patriotic basket I made for the 4th of July. If you’d like to check out that DIY to make the basket, you can link to it here –> DIY Patriotic Basket.

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Vertical photo of two finished DIY cork sailboats made from scrap fabric and wine corks. The sails are blue and red check and the other has white sail with blue ribbon at the bottom. Both are decorated with red and blue bakers twine. Please pin this image to your Pinterest craft boards to come back to later!
If you love this easy Wine Cork Craft, Pin the image above to your Pinterest craft boards to come back to this DIY later!

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